Employee Spotlight: Meet Jason Sawyer, Section Manager

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If you’ve ever been through the Steel America fabrication shop, chances are you have seen Jason Sawyer managing various trades and instructing them on the particular job at hand. One of the core values at C.S.I. and Steel America is “Family”. We took a few minutes to sit down with Jason to get his insight on Steel America and learn more about him on a personal level.

How long have you been employed with Steel America?
“I started in August of 2012… so that makes 4 years.”

What does a typical work day look like for you?
“Productive busy.”

What do you like most about working here?
“It’s a new style of work than I am used to.”

What do you find most challenging about working at Steel America?
“The changing products and the different jobs. Since we aren’t a factory, sometimes adapting to the new jobs can be tough at times.”

How has Steel America helped you with your career development?
“Working here has forced me to think outside the box. It has also forced me to be open to change.”

What advice would you have for prospective new employees and new hires?
“Definitely be open to change. The facility is growing for the better.”

If you could switch jobs with anyone else within our company, whose job would you want?
“Nobody’s. I love my job and I thoroughly enjoy what I do.”

What has been your favorite job since being here, and why?
“I would say Caisson 3 has been my favorite job so far. It was the first project I experienced that had so much piping, valves and actuators.”

One of our core company values is “Pride”. What is your proudest moment at Steel America?
“I would say having interns and management trainees compliment me on my authority and how I get a job accomplished.”

What are three words you would use to describe Steel America?
“Forward-thinking, productive, and a good opportunity.”

If you aren’t at work, what is your favorite thing to do to decompress and have fun?
“Bass fishing. I am actually in a bass fishing competition this weekend.”

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
“Oh that’s a hard one… probably I Don’t Want To Retire.”

Do you have a personal motto or quote to live by?
“Always do the right thing when no one is looking. That’s an easy one.”

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I wanted to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and become a musician. I was born in Nashville/Davidson County.”

People would be surprised if they knew…
“I love to cook. And I’m dang good at it.”

Jason is a vital asset to the Steel America team. His dedicated work ethic and his trustworthiness make him a great leader and role model for upcoming tradesmen.

Power-Gen 2015 – On The Road: Vegas!

The Steel America Business Development Team is headed to sunny Las Vegas in early December for the Power-Gen 2015 Tradeshow. The event is being hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center on December 8-10th. Steel America will be set up at booth #2321.

Questions about heavy machining and fabrication of carbon steel, stainless steel and/or aluminum? Repairs and overhauls of heavy machinery, equipment, structures and components for industrial plants?  Stop by our booth and chat with a member of our team; we’ll be glad to answer your questions and provide the information you need.

Power-Gen 2015

Stay tuned for updates during the show and a post-show wrap up.

About Power-Gen 2015

As the World’s Largest Power Generation Event, POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,400 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to more than 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future.

Additional information concerning PennWell’s Power-Gen International Tradeshow can be found here.

Caisson Boston Delivery

The Steel America team launched the new Charlestown Naval Shipyard Drydock #1 Caisson  (“Caisson Boston”) on December 29, 2014. The shops had a big end of the year push to finish her ahead of schedule. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, she took a few extra days to get to the Boston Harbor. However, ultimately she arrived safely at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, MA thanks to the dedicated work by Intracoastal Marine, Inc. She will be used to hold back the Boston Harbor while specialized maintenance teams overhaul the USS Constitution.

Project Manager, Rick Hudgins said,

“The project management office would like to thank all of the Steel America team and the subcontractors involved for their diligent effort on the construction of Caisson Boston. Due to everyone’s commitment to this project, we delivered the Caisson to the Charlestown Navy Yard in time to support the scheduled dry-docking of the USS Constitution. Hats off to all involved.”

The Steel America team is grateful to be given the opportunity to build this historic landmark.

The Steel America team has now also delivered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Drydock #1 Caisson (“Caisson Norfolk”). She was christened and set in the water on January 22nd, 2015.

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See the video below from the Official USS Constitution Museum vimeo account of the installation/floating of the new Charlestown Naval Shipyard Drydock #1 Caisson  (“Caisson Boston”) :


Additional Resources


Steel America is a custom steel fabrication shop and large scale machining service provider with complex mechanical and electrical capabilities. It has a unique ability to fabrication heavy, high-cube structures, up to 1,000 metric tons in modular form, for delivery by barge directly from the shop to waterborne project locations. (Read more)

On-Site Fabrication Team

While the Steel America shop is busy with work in Norfolk, our on-site fabrication team is providing excellent on-site fabrication assistance at a local jobsite. It is a difficult and intricate welding project that requires an on-site fabrication team. Almost a year ago, the initial purchase order called for one supervisor and five welders. The fabrication project has since grown to one superintendent, four supervisors, forty-eight welders, and four Quality Control employees.

Superintendent Brian Treat says,

“Everyone from the Steel America team has put in superior quality and effort to make this project successful. I knew taking on this project would be difficult, but the exceptional team of supervisors and welders brought onto tackle this project has made it worthwhile. The project would be nonexistent without the dedication and drive of everyone that has been a part of it.”

The Steel America management team and production team is extremely proud of the progress the team is making. We are excited to see this on-site fabrication project expand and grow over the upcoming months/years.

Steel America’s on-site machining services provide the benefits of a fully equipped machine shop on the customer’s site. Please contact us if you would like more information concerning deployment of our on-site fabrication team and fabrication capabilities.